Author Archives: Maren

Prayer after the Gun Tragedy in Buffalo, New York

God have mercy on those weepingfor beloved ones who died todayin the Tops supermarket. God have mercy on those injured in bodyand bless those who care for them. God have mercy on those injured in mindbecause they were thereand because … Continue reading

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Wildflower Eulogy, guest post by Mark Saline

Mark’s word about this … We become what we focus on all day. Jesus: Consider wild flowers of the field Wendell Berry knows where wild flowers bloom William Blakesees heaven in the wild flowers Pete Seeger:Where have all the flowers … Continue reading

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Prayer in a time of baby formula shortage

God, our Christmas storiestell about parentswho are terribly, terribly afraid,yet how they find safetyfor their holy child. And, so we learn all children are holyand pray in this timefor parents desperate with fearthat they cannot feed an infantwith the formula … Continue reading

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From Tabitha to the Tablecloth

She was the reason Peter came to Joppa,and when he looked back,he realized that it wasn’t onlyso that he could showDorcas and her friends she was alive,but so that he would be. It was as simple as her two names,Tabitha … Continue reading

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Just a post-Mother’s Day Happiness post!

Videographer is Troy Sugrue, addressee-sing is Jayne Sugrue and musicians are their three sons. Originally created for a birthday and re-visited for Mother’s Day, Troy’s Mum Rosalie and sent to me a little late (they are all in Aotearoa New … Continue reading

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Tabitha is interviewed …

No, I never met Jesus.To be honest, if he came to Joppa,I was too busy to notice. I’m Tabitha. Greeks call me Dorcas –The fact is that everyone is always calling me.And calling me. And calling me!I’m the kind of … Continue reading

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A Conversation for Mayfifth Eve

“I was anxious all afternoonas it moved on to evening,like a child on Christmas Eve –the month, the year of waitinghas gone past, anonymous lights in the windowsaying – watch with me, all my life hanging out –the sequined, the … Continue reading

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Prayer for teacher appreciation day

For teachers who know their subjects, their tech,all the shifts in styles of education, andwho understand how what happens at homeinfluences everything,I give thanks. For teachers who are expectedto keep students safe from gun tragedyto please every parent on the“how … Continue reading

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Prayer for those in Storms in Kansas, and so many other places

God, you do not speak from a whirlwind,”but through the calm of silence,the still small voice,the hands of cleaning up and caring,of tending to injuries of bodies,the years it will take to rebuild,and to the fearfulnessthat the tornado whirls intochildren … Continue reading

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Prayer for Ukraine from Lamentations 3: 49-50

My eyes will flow without ceasing, without respite, until God from heaven looks down and sees. God, see my prayer ­in the sky ­the Ukraine flag over the Atlantic Ocean,photographed by a friend, as you watch the prayers ­in the … Continue reading

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